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History in the Court, Forsyth in the Building and Anderson in the Air

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Last week finished on a high. On Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the annual History in the Court event which sees writers of historical fiction and non-fiction, literary agents, publishers and the reading public gather at Goldsboro Books in London to celebrate the historical genre over wine and canapés. It was a chance […]

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The lesser-known Northumberland treasure…

Friday, September 27th, 2013

I have just returned from a week’s holiday visiting family in the north of England. My parents have a little holiday cabin by the sea in Bamburgh, Northumberland so it’s as north and as cold as it gets. Although rather chilly, the fresh sea air worked wonders. On the drive back to my parent’s house […]

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Is it the end of the Man Booker or a fresh start?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Often considered a rather staid and sensible prize compared to others of its ilk, The Man Booker Prize has a reputation as a defender of British and Commonwealth writing. Different to its fellow literary prizes, the criteria was simply that the novel be written in the English language by a member of the Commonwealth of […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: Matching the season…

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

This week, we got word that In Falling Snow, by Mary-Rose MacColl is one of the Top 50 Bestselling Fiction titles in the USA, and a Top 5 Historical Fiction Bestseller in Canada. It is a wonderfully moving novel set during the First World War and inspired by the real-life women of Royaumont, who set […]

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The Newbie at A&B

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Hello! I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself as the new Publishing Assistant at Allison & Busby, as Sophie has now moved over to Editorial. I’m really very excited to have begun working here late last week and I have already been thrown into life in the A&B world! Having spent a fair […]

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Getting sent to Coventry can be a good thing

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

On Sunday Kathryn (our new Publishing Assistant!) and I were sent to Coventry. No, we weren’t suffering some kind of office ostracism, we went to represent A&B at the annual Gardners Trade Show, part of the Bookseller Association Conference weekend. So for a couple of hours we got to chat to some diverse, clever, book-loving […]

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Crime-writer Robert Barnard dies, aged 76.

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Revered crime-writer Robert Barnard has died, aged 76. He spent over 40 years penning countless crime novels and short stories, and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger, in recognition of a lifetime’s achievement in crime writing.

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So you think you’ve seen London…

Friday, September 20th, 2013

You’ve gone up the London Eye, watched the guards change at Buckingham Palace, popped inside a selection of our many museums, fed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square and gone shopping in Covent Garden. Maybe you live here or perhaps you’re a happy visitor, but you know London, perhaps not intimately, but you’ve seen the sights […]

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Boats against the current…Originality vs. Gatsby

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Google search Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Once you’ve scrolled passed IMBD and Amazon, the photos of a rather dashing Leo DiCaprio and the mighty Wikipedia, you’ll come to an area of the internet known and loved by many a student. Starting with Sparknotes, you have come to essay territory – prime ground for feckless scholars […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: A cover both unoriginal and original…

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

This week, Susie brought in a copy of the Man Booker Prize nominated book, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki , sporting a spineless design. This would have been interesting if I hadn’t already seen this unorthodox packaging on the cookbook Pulpo (see my previous cover story blog).  With Pulpo however, aside […]

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The Nation’s Favourite Play

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

A little bit of Pinter, a soupçon of Shakespeare or a slice of Shaw: a new poll is on a quest to find the nation’s favourite plays. The English Touring Theatre is behind it, and they will perform the resulting top 21 to celebrate its 21st birthday. A win-win for theatre fans. Because I love […]

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Exploring through Friends

Monday, September 16th, 2013

One of the great things about living in London is that there is a plethora of cultural things to do. So many in fact it’s quite hard to narrow it down or find an event that takes you interest between the masses of silent discos and blinded-folded dining experiences. This is where friends come in. […]

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Happy (dormouse-free) weekend cooking!

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Once upon a time, not so very far away, the Baron Rothschild had a bit of an accident when six of his imported menagerie escaped from the confines of his estate at Tring. With bulbous black eyes and sharp claws, the Baron could only imagine what he had unwittingly unleashed upon the countryside. For scampering […]

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A Change of Season…

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

As the temperature has finally dropped in London, there’s one thing in the back of everyone’s mind; winter is coming. I will probably regret saying this in two months time – but I am kind of glad. In hot weather London is even more muggy than usual and not to mention public transport becomes a […]

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Wednesday Cover Story: The sideways cover…

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

This week I came across the book The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer, which (as far as titles go) sounded, well, yes, you guessed it,  interesting.  But what I found most interesting (ok, I’ll stop it now) was the cover. I’ve mentioned before that I have a penchant for typographical covers, and I like the designs […]

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Discovering Hackney

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

“London has the trick of making its past, its long indelible past, always a part of its present …   It is all there in the streets. It is all there in the books.” Anna Quindlen, Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City I can hear my father’s voice telling me: ‘See that […]

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Posters with a touch of culture

Monday, September 9th, 2013

For years I’ve been a fan of Poems on the Underground. Particularly as these poetry snippets take up advertising space that might otherwise be given to yet another advert for travel insurance, but I’ve also enjoyed those that give the poet’s snapshot of London. For instance, Thom Gunn’s ‘The Conversation of Old Men’ below which […]

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The mystery of the Lake District

Friday, September 6th, 2013

This week, I had to confess to some family friends that after fourteen years of living in the UK, I had yet to visit the famously stunning Lake District. Considering how much I love hiking and the outdoors there really is no logical reason for this oversight, but the fact remains that the closest I’ve […]

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Wednesday (um, Thursday) Cover Story: Every little detail counts

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I have just returned from a ten-day break in sunny Madrid. So if you were wondering what had happened to our Wednesday Cover Story yesterday, well, it was having a nice siesta by the pool. However, as I caught up with emails and tweets today, I spotted a tweet from @paddyhoey which has given me […]

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A Hashtag by Any Other Name

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Jason scratched his head. “You named him Festus? You know that in Latin, ‘festus’ means ‘happy’? You want us to ride off to save the world on Happy the Dragon?” – The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan Searching for the perfect baby name can be hard. For parents and authors alike, choosing the right name is […]

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